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Zero Waste Scotland to become independent

The Scottish Government has announced its waste management programme, currently a subsidiary of WRAP, is to go it alone.

The news was announced in a letter to stakeholders from George Burgess, head of environmental quality for the Scottish Government.

Zero Waste Scotland was set up through WRAP in 2010. Burgess’s letter read: “To support the next stages in our work, we are now looking to integrate the work of Zero Waste Scotland more closely with the wider Scottish policy landscape, our Scottish delivery partners and the Scottish business and research communities.”

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said she had been told the Scottish Government “valued WRAP’s work”.

She said: “The [Scottish] Government will continue to buy into our expertise and very successful cross-UK initiatives. I look forward to our strong partnership going from strength to strength in future.

“It is worth pointing out that the vast majority of the funds currently provided by the Scottish Government stay within our Scottish operations for initiatives delivered in Scotland. 

“The new delivery arrangements described in George’s letter will therefore have a limited impact on WRAP’s core funding.”

Goodwin recently announced WRAP was looking to apply for charitable status.

She added: “That would give us access to a new source of funding. These are early days in taking that work forward so all details still to be decided.”

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